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Second Gold for QRC at the 2010 NZ University Snow Games

Winter Olympian and Queenstown Resort College (QRC) Adventure Tourism student Sarah Murphy has fended off skimpily-clad opponents at the 2010 NZ University Snow Games.

Heavy snowfall and chilly winds tested the tenacity of entrants in the cross-country skiing – especially Jamie Robinson who was clad in a skimpy Wonder Woman outfit, and her Otago team-mate Scott Ridley, who sported a lime green mini skirt with taffeta trim.

It was an eye-opener for Winter Olympian and Queenstown Resort College student Sarah Murphy, who predictably blitzed the field over the 3km course with a time of 11min 14sec – over 10 minutes quicker than nearest rival Tait-Jamieson, who was racing in the discipline for the first time.

"Any medal is an awesome medal, even chocolate ones – in fact, they're the best ones because you get to eat them," Murphy said. "It was super fun because I just love racing ... it's really cool for New Zealand to be getting into the cross-country scene."

Otago's Andrew Soundy dominated the men's 6km course in 25min 20sec to win gold – over 10min clear of Nick Sullivan, also of Otago, and Nicholas Francis, of Auckland.

"I was trying to hold off Sarah Murphy but she had the edge. I don't feel too bad because she did go to the Vancouver Olympics," Soundy, a member of the New Zealand junior team.

QRC student and also another Winter Olympian, Mitchey Greig secured gold in the women's skier-cross last week. 

  • Posted By: QRC on Mon, 6th Sep 2010 @ 00:00:00